Graduate Program in Musicology

With a long tradition of excellence and innovation,

the musicology program at Princeton University is broadly conceived, and includes historical and ethnographic investigation, as well as music theory, hermeneutics, and criticism. Graduate students, who are fully funded for five years, become part of a vibrant scholarly and artistic community. In addition to working closely with our renowned musicology faculty as seminar leaders and advisers, musicology students can explore Princeton’s rich offerings in the humanities, have access to the superb Mendel Music Library, and—with subsidized private studio instruction and the opportunity to participate in the Music Department’s superb ensembles—are encouraged to make performance an integral part of their lives.  With Sō Percussion in residence, the Princeton University Concerts series, Princeton Sound Kitchen, and the many performances by our many ensembles, musicology students can partake of a rich and eclectic concert life.  

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Academic Program Overview
All musicology students spend their first two years taking seminars from Music Department faculty and preparing for their General Exam, given in May of their second year. After successful completion of the General Exam, students begin concentrated work on the dissertation, completing a dissertation proposal by the second semester of their third year.
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Funding
All Music Department graduate students receive tuition scholarship and a 12-month stipend for the full five years of the program. Additional resources include a research budget (the $4000 Bryan Fund), funding for summer language study, and subsidized private voice or instrumental studio instruction. After the five-year program, students are eligible to be nominated by the graduate school for sixth-year funding and may supplement their income with teaching as available.
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Teaching
All graduate students are required to serve as preceptors for undergraduate courses, typically teaching 2-4 semesters over the course of their enrollment, usually beginning the third year. Preceptors teach sections, grade papers, and work closely with faculty mentors, receiving additional fellowship. Whenever possible, the Music Department gives preference to DCE students to help supplement their income and defray tuition costs.